Meaning of FAMILY in English

FAMILY

n.

In pedology , a group of soils that have similar profiles and include one or more subdivisions called series.

The primary characteristics that define each of the nearly 6,600 identified soil families are the physical and chemical properties

especially texture, mineral composition, temperature, and depth

that are important for the growth of plants.

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